HtbaS – Episode 159

I talk about fitness (and why you may not be ready for it), guild holiday parties, math, and FEELINGS. And then Tanesha joins me! And I totally miss talking about Rafflecopter questions AGAIN, but I promise to get to it next week – this episode is already filled with awesome and I want to spread it out.

Here is my formula for calculating yardage used on a quilt when I track my stash usage:

(Length * Width)/(36*42)*2+(Length+Width)*2/42*2.25/36

Remember proper math functions and do the calculations in the parentheses first! And do your multiplying/dividing before you do your adding. I have this as a formula in a spreadsheet. For a “final” number, I’ll increase that number by 15% for a quilt with a lot of small pieces or applique, or 10% for a quilt with larger pieces.

  • The Walk – a new fitness app for walking brought to you by the makers of Zombies Run!
  • Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

6 Replies to “HtbaS – Episode 159”

  1. I have the same problem from folks asking me how I lost 100 pounds. It never ends. They all want that ‘magic pill’. I told them the fantastic “D&E Program” works wonders!!! They get all enthusiastic until I give them the details. (D=Diet and E=Exercise). The fallen faces are sometimes comical and more times just sad. I feel bad for them, as they were me just a few years ago.

    I have felt everything you’ve talked about. It is the way it is. Educating yourself to live healthier is boring. And especially for women; we have issues with taking care of themselves first. We are the caregivers, and can’t take time for ourselves!!! But if we don’t take care of ourselves, who will? I don’t want anyone taking care of me because I am bedridden due to my body breaking down from carrying around a LOT of extra pounds! I don’t want to die any earlier than I have to, because I want to see all my kids grown up. (AND dagnabit, I want to be a gramma someday!!!)

    And the “I can’ts” drive me nuts! “I can’t because of my knees”, “I can’t afford to buy healthy foods”, “I can’t, I can’t, I can’t” My response is, “Well what CAN you do?” Trying to break the negative aspect and putting a positive spin on this healthy living stuff, sometimes helps. If not, like you say, maybe ‘they’ are not ready yet.

    Oh, and I am 59, was obese all my life, and I have bone on bone in one knee. I don’t go jogging, but I do walk. I can lift weights. I can workout in the pool. I can do yoga. I can keep active in fun ways! (my wt loss WalkerLady blog is and I don’t sell anything on it)

    Ok…I will stop now and listen to the rest of your podcast that isn’t related to weight loss stuff.
    I have my Jingle Belle quilt sandwiched and ready to go. I hope you don’t mind if I copy you a little bit. 🙂

    Like April, we were iced in too…I think I mentioned I live in North Little Rock, Arkansas. And I just heard you give me a shout-out about wondering how I would do the triangle corners. Now I took that as a challenge. I will not be a copycat, as originally stated. hahahaha

    This is getting long and Clue #3 came out. I haven’t finished #1 or #2 yet! (Celtic Solstice) I will listen to more of your podcast later today, if life doesn’t get in the way.

    Till then, happy sewing! 😀

  2. I haven’t even listened to the episode yet but had to stop by and say THANK YOU for having me on, it was so fun! And I am already downloading that walking app…I think it’s just what I’ve been waiting for as I’m really not interested in running, but I can walk for miles!
    Happy Holidays to all!

  3. Another great episode 🙂 I loved hearing you chat with Tanesha as I am currently listening to the back catalog of her podcasts. I haven’t started to follow her blog yet so am not being a creepy stalker/commentator of her yet… I have reserved that for you. Many people who are over weight have lots of excuses and as you say… you have to be in the right space for it and be ready to own the problem as being yours and something that you have to deal with. No one else can do it for you. I have completed week 2 of c25k. My knees don’t hate me quite as much. The walking ap for Zombies run could be interesting to try. I had the original Zombies run on my old phone but when I upgraded and had issues with computers and phones I seemed to have lost it. The kangaroos haven’t been about these last few days. I have tried to get a photograph of them but the zoom on my phone isn’t good enough and I don’t take my camera jogging with me. I can certainly take a photograph of the tie quilt when it is done. Atm it is pinned and waiting for me to feel the vibe to quilt it. I am working on some Christmas projects right now. There were a few Christmas ties in it but to be honest I didn’t use the big pictures of santa on the sleigh… just used the boring plain other bits. There is one really loud one that I used some of the print in the quilt but it had pink in it and stood out too much so I only used a bit of it.

  4. Weight loss by math! I love it! Such an engineer answer!
    Great conversation with Tanesha. Thanks for inviting her to be your guest.
    I love ThinkGeek, too, and just received a box from them today with Christmas presents for my computer programmer geek hubby. Oddly, I don’t think our geek children are getting any TG gifts this year. They love to slap the Timmy stickers on their laptops and school binders.

  5. I still have my sticker collection! I find that slightly embarrassing, but I haven’t been able to bring myself to get rid of it. Also, I hadn’t found Tanesha’s podcast before now, so yay new podcast to listen to!

    Knitted socks are (depending on how thick your regular socks are) a little bit thicker than storebought ones, but not super bulky, unless you made them with thicker yarn on purpose for schlubbing around the house in. Sock weight yarn (also referred to as fingering weight, which makes me giggle because I am apparently twelve years old) is thin enough to knit up to around 27-32 stitches per inch. The Craft Yarn Council has a chart here: that lists the different weights of yarn. (That site is pretty cool, tons of charts and standards and things.) Those symbols at the top of the columns are what most yarn companies print on their label to help you figure out what size it is. Under that system, sock yarn is #1 (super fine!). Sweaters can be any weight of yarn — you could make a sweater with super skinny lace weight yarn, though you might die of old age while knitting it — but a sort of normal-to-bulky sweater is doing to be probably dk worsted, or maybe even chunky weight (#3, 4, and 5 on that chart) which make a much heavier fabric.

    Anyway. Sorry about the yarn dissertation ;p Handknit socks do feel a little different at first. The first time I put on a pair, my initial reaction was, “Huh, that feels a little weird.” Not uncomfortable, but different. But by the end of the day they felt like the most comfortable thing ever and I hated having to switch back to my regular socks the next day. The tighter the gauge they’re knit at the more comfortable they are. (Up to a point — when I first learned to knit, I tended to keep the yarn in a deathgrip and I made a scarf that could just about stand up under its own power, which isn’t really a good quality in a wearable item.)

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